Sunday, February 22, 2015

Making Monday 77

Welcome to Making Monday.

(SO SORRY! I had this ready to go and then forgot to hit the publish button!)
I know not everyone was affected by this crazy winter weather but can we all just take a moment and think of warm sunshine and sandy beaches?? I really need it :) 
I hope those of you that are snowed it will find some inspiration this week from the party! 

 
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
 
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:




Lori is sharing these fabulous Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Gracie:



Bleach Stamped Scarf - perfect for this last bit of crazy weather! 

Such lovely projects every week! I love how this is going and am so grateful to have such a creative community come together each week! Y'all are the bomb! 

If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
 
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIY Galvanized Hanging Bedside Table - Master Bedroom Revamp Vol. 2



Back at the beginning of January I shared Volume 1 of our Master Bedroom Revamp where I shared a makeover of our old dresser. Just that one project made our room feel SO much better! We had a lot going on with life lately so I just got around to playing around with our room again. This time I was able to super simply make a DIY Galvanized Hanging Bedside Table! 


I was in desperate need of a new bedside table. What I had was taking up too much space and making my side of the room feel extremely crowded. With our new built ins (that I will be sharing soon promise!) I wasn't able to reach a couple of things and really just felt cluttered. I don't need much on my bedside, just a light and enough space for a glass of water and Chapstick. So to open up the space I decided I needed to get everything off the floor to give the illusion of more space.


If you've been around this blog long you know how much I love tin and all things galvanized so of course I went on a hunt for anything with that look that could be easily hung. I found this fabulous faux tin tray from Walmart for $8 and figured if it didn't work as a side table I could just use it for the cute tray it was designed for :) Luckily I have a handy husband who understands my brain and he easily removed the handles and helped me hang the tray with some extra twine I had around the house. 


Knowing I needed a light I decided to just go with a pendant hanging from the center of the table. Annnnnd because I do so many projects around here I happened to have one hanging around that wasn't being used :) Then I had a fabulous little table taking up very little room and only cost me $8! 


I love the way this table turned out and think it totally adds a fun bit of style to the bedroom with out taking up much space. I'm just so happy with all the galvanized goodies that everyone has now, I've always loved tin and now it is finally available in so many cute pieces for every room!! Do y'all love the galvanized trend as much as I do? 
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Making Monday #76

Welcome to Making Monday.

 
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
 
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

Mexican Rice - Restaurant Style

Delicious and easy to make using common kitchen ingredients ~ Mexican Rice [Restaurant Style]

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

Valentine's Day is over but these few Valentine[ish] features are worth remembering and practicing year round.
  Feature76-DateNightIdeas 
Be a Sweetie ~ A Mother's Shadow
  Feature76-ImproveRelationship 

 The rest of these features have really inspired me. I've already had my tandem print printed (at Costco) and it's framed and sitting on my mantel. The little girl spa shoes are adorable. The Monte Cristo sandwich looks amazing. I've seen it on menus before but haven't tasted it but I'm going to add it to our next menu to see if it tastes as delicious as it looks. The toy storage ideas are all very clever ~ there's sure to be one just right for any child's room. Little girls (boys, too, probably) would love to make their own puzzle. And the last two art projects are so cool and I'm wondering where I could hang them if I made them. Feature76-TandemPrintable Pottery Barn Inspired Tandem Printable ~ Inspiration for Moms Feature76-SpaShoes [Tutorial] Spa Pedicure Shoes ~ Frog Prince Paperie Feature76-MonteCristo 
Homemade Monte Cristo Grilled Cheese ~ My Newest Addiction Feature76-ToyStorage

10 Clever Toy Storage Ideas ~ Spaceships and Laser Beams

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DIY Picture Puzzles ~ Optimistic Mommy
 

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Giant Feather Artwork Tutorial ~ Hey, Let's Make Stuff
 

Feature76-GlamLetter

Glam Monogram Letter ~ Lou Lou Girls
 
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
 
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Trust God. When you run out of trust, just Obey Him.

It seems like winter is the time I learn a lot about myself and when I see how much I actually need God. I've had so many things I wanted to share on here about what I'm learning but didn't because I wanted this to be a place for "business". Yep, my creative online studio turned in to business...  I'm not sure how I got there and I'm not sure I'm gone either but I know that isn't how I want things to be. Business is good in the fact that it provides for my family, but the reason I am able to have a successful business isn't just about how professional my blog is, or how beautiful my Instagram account is. I'm not saying those don't matter, cause they do, but thats not the entire story.

This blog and business started as some place fun that I could share my heart. I talked about what was happening in my life whether it was art or budgeting or marriage goop. And when I was sharing and speaking boldly from my heart this blog and my business was much more successful. I think there are lots of reasons I could chalk that up to, like people just think I'm interesting, or I got hooked up with the right blog group, but what I really think it was was trusting God. I didn't have some big plan that told me how I was going to use this space and lead me to be successful. I just used what God gave me and knew that it was good.


One thing that I've been hit over the head with a lot lately is that my plans suck. Well, they may actually sound really amazing and it may look like I've got it all figured out. But God says, "Nope, stop planning and just follow me, do as I say and all your needs will be cared for". Like seriously, He says that in the bible in Matthew 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?".  I know my value in Christ, I know He sees me as priceless. For heavens sake He DIED for me!! So why do I think He has forgotten what my desires are or that if I don't succeed on my own that my family will never be able to move forward? Like seriously whyyyyy does that plague me so much.

Like I said earlier, that thought process of trying to provide always sneaks back up on me in the Winter months. I think it's because I have time to sit, its slow in business since because it follows the Holidays, our bills are higher than normal because of the cold. So basically the winter sucks. Except for the fact that I can always count on it to lead me right where I need to be. I hate the cold weather, and I hate not having much business come my way BUT each time this happens I am reminded that I need to trust in the Lord and when my trust runs out I need to OBEY Him. I need to boldly trust that if I follow His plan for me that I will not only make it through the winter but that I will be successful in all that I do.

So I pray that each of you will also learn that sometimes our plans aren't what we need. What we need is to trust that our Heavenly Father values us much more than the birds of the air. He is going to take care of you and your family. He wants you to have the desires of your heart so be patient in His timing, trust that He is good, and obey what He says to you.

Love y'all!!
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A New Twist on the Starburst Mirror

Hey y'all I have an exciting opportunity that I get to share with ya and I am pretty excited. I was contacted by Home Depot back in November to partner with them and share some content on my blog. I was able to choose the content based on what I thought y'all would be most interested in and then Merri wrote up a quick article for me to share with you. If we like how this goes then my partnership with Home Depot will continue to grow and that is like SOOOO exciting :) I've shared a bit of info at the end of Merri's article on who she is, but for now here is her article on an awesome DIY starburst mirror!! 

A New Twist on the Starburst Mirror
By Merri Cvetan


 The starburst mirror has been around for centuries and may be attributed to Louis XIV, also known as the Sun King, who used the head of Apollo surrounded by rays of light as his symbol.
However, mirror production was extremely expensive until the early 19th century. The starburst style mirror has been an important interior design accessory for years. It found a new resurgence during the 1940s, and who can forget the popularity of the atomic-style mirror in the '60s?
Today, starburst mirrors come in many sizes, styles, shapes, finishes and price points. It's also an easy DIY project, so I decided to try my hand at making my own using decorative wood moulding.


For my moulding, I chose a 3/4 in. embossed pine wall and cabinet trim. I cut out eight 6 in. pieces and eight 5 in. pieces with a powered miter box saw. To add to the starburst look, I cut the ends to a point. The power saw is much faster, but you can use a regular handsaw and miter box. Sand the cut edges with sand paper for a nice smooth finish.

Traditional starburst mirrors used convex mirrors (the surface bulges outward) so they reflect a wider field of view than a flat mirror. They were also easier to make centuries ago. I found a couple of regular flat mirrors at a resale store-one with a gold frame and the other without. I preferred the color and scalloped edge of the framed one (which had a 7 in. diameter), so I bought a can of Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint in in the Gold Rush color. It's a nice soft gold that's not too shiny, and it matches the frame.


I cut a 5-1/2 in. diameter circle from foam core board. It's 1-1/2 in. smaller than the mirror, so it won't show from the front. I like foam core instead of cardboard because it's sturdier and lightweight.
I divided the foam core into 16 equal pie pieces (I used 16 "rays") with a straight edge ruler and pencil. My rays were 5 in. and 6 in., but I wanted a bigger difference between the two sizes on the finished mirror, so I glued the longer rays .5 in. from the edge and the shorter rays 1 in. from the edge with white craft glue.


After the glue is completely dry, give it a couple of coats of spray paint.


Finally, glue the mirror to the finished back with hot glue. I punched a hole in the foam core and hung it on a nail. It couldn't be easier!
The possibilities are endless. I could have doubled the number of rays or made them longer. I also could have used more than one style of moulding. A starburst mirror can be any size. Although gold is the traditional color, you can make yours to coordinate with your room's d├ęcor. Share your ideas in the comments!


Merri Cvetan of MEC Design Studio is an interior designer who writes about her DIY projects for Home Depot. Merri's starburst mirror makes creative use of ordinary moulding to create a stylish project for the home. Home Depot's wide assortment of moulding for your starburst mirror can be found online.


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Making Monday #75


Welcome to Making Monday.

Hey y'all! I totally love this party and how much it's growing, like y'all are so much fun! 


This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
 
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:


Gracie shared a quirky and fun valentines day card for your girl friends :)


Lori is sharing an oldie but a goodie with this Raw Chocolate Cheesecake!  

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Gracie:

The parties are getting so big it's even harder to pick features! But here are the ones I finnnnally narrowed it down to, but no worries I pinned LOTS more :)



1. This is a stunning concrete planter and I just couldn't help but drool readying the post, jealous!



2.  I've never heard of handmade finger paint but man this looks awesome!



3. OH EM GEE! What a cute Glitter Travel Mug!



4.Valentines day is almost here and this cute Cardboard Roll Heart Stamp is perfect for all the cards!



5. And whats Valentines day without Chocolate Covered Heart Shape Strawberries?!



6. This Red Velvet and M&M skillet cookie looks AH MAZING!

If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
MakingMondayGuidelines
 
 


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